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27 hurt in 3-vehicle crash could mean huge claims challenge

A motor vehicle accident is rarely as simple as two machines crashing into each other. There is the physical damage to the vehicles, of course. But of greater concern is the potential for physical or emotional trauma that victims can suffer.

If someone dies as a result of a collision on New York roads, the ripple effect can be felt broadly among loved ones. Not only is there grief over the tragedy, but survivors could face significant, unexpected financial obligations for medical care and funeral expenses. If the victim contributed to household income, there could be long-term economic suffering.

Even if initial reports after an accident indicate no one suffered serious injury, there's a chance issues may develop later, opening the door to the possibility of long-term treatment or surgery.

In any such circumstance, the recovery of just compensation from those responsible is a challenge that should not be handled without the help of experienced legal counsel. Those with claims who work directly with insurance companies operate at a disadvantage that could be costly in terms of abdicated rights and the possible loss of due reparations.

This comes to mind in the wake of an accident report by Newsday. The item says the crash on Interstate 81 near Syracuse involved a car, a coach bus carrying 52 passengers and a tractor-trailer truck.

Officials say 27 people suffered mostly minor injuries when the bus hit a car that had crashed into a guard rail a short time before. The bus then careened into the back of the semi. The truck driver had apparently stopped to lend the car driver a hand.

We feel some points deserve some consideration. First, while 26 if the injuries are considered minor now, there could be residual issues for victims that might not become evident for days.  

Then, there is the issue of liability and the insurers of the vehicles involved. Authorities say the car driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated. But questions may be asked about whether the truck driver had pulled off the road adequately and whether the bus driver doesn't bear some responsibility for the multi-vehicle accident.

Getting answers to such questions can be difficult for someone inexperienced in such matters. If you have suffered as a result of someone else's negligence, we invite you to call to discuss your legal options. 

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